Originally Posted by scott snedeker
The election won 53% to 47%. This is a barometer of the attitude of the majority of people in Maine. The good news is within an error of 3% half of people have an evolved sensibilty that recognizes that capacity for same-gender intimacy is a trait with equal entitlement to expression.
Compare it to climbing a mountain. Just because you made it 95% to the summit doesn't mean that you have lost. Improve the trail, get better supplies and equipment and get in better shape. When you are ready, start again.
We are steadily winning. These popular votes are showing that we are very close to having the majority of the population sypmathetic with us.
Our government is flawed because flawed humans run it and allow principles to be ignored or violated. What has to evolve are people's awareness toward violence to minorities.
Counter hate and lies with compassion and honesty. Everyone has the capacity for both. Don't counter violence with opposition or violence. That just reinforces the violence, fear and predjudice within the oppressor.
Cultivate inner compassion and practice genuine expression of this. This is what touches other people's hearts and changes them from fear and predjudice seeking gratification to compassion and offers of kindness.
Your optimistic and rational approach makes good sense. I agree that this is the best way to react to this defeat.
Last night, however, when I read the bad news my immediate reaction was anger. I was furious. I wanted to lash out at the opposition. This morning your words have calmed me down and have gotten me thinking more clearly.